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Online in time for Christmas: Broadband Rollout Roundup 21/12/2012

It’s that time of year when most industries shut down, leaving the skeleton staff to cope with emergencies until the New Year.

It looks like BT Openreach has been hurrying to complete broadband improvements, but this week also saw speedy internet news from eXwavia in Wales, while Digital Region rolled out a bumper crop of postcodes.

We’d also like to wish a Happy 1st Birthday to Lancashire’s B4RN, who will probably keep digging fibre through Christmas unless it starts snowing. Welcome to Broadband Rollout Roundup for the week ending December 21, 2012. See you in 2013.

B4RN's first birthday

BT boosts speeds for more than 330,000 by Christmas

BT Openreach engineers have signed off on improvements which will speed up improvements for more than 330,000 homes and businesses.

First to benefit will be almost 145,000 locations where exchanges have been upgraded to ADSL 2+ copper broadband, which can reach up to 20Mbps over ordinary telephone wires.

Superfast broadband improvements have been completed in exchanges serving more than 186,000 homes, and in early 2013 ISPs will be able to offer up 80Mbps FTTC (fibre to the cabinet).

FTTC rollouts are usually stretched out over several months as street cabinets are upgraded, and not all street cabinets connected to an exchange will be upgraded for FTTC.

Superfast FTTC broadband – 186,100 homes and businesses in:

  • Black Country (61,700): Bilston (12,500), Brierley Hill (12,500), Fordhouses (7,500), Penn (12,400) and Stourbridge (16,800)
  • Clackmannanshire (13,100): Alloa
  • Dorchester (7,000)
  • East Ayrshire (21,300): Kilmarnock
  • Hampshire (20,000): Burlesdon and Havant
  • Kent (18,000): Whitstable, Paddock Wood and Sandwich
  • West Sussex (45,000): Bognor Regis, Middleton, Southwick and Worthing Central

Faster ADSL2+ broadband – 144,900 homes and businesses in:

  • Staffordshire: Weston (1,700)
  • Worcestershire: Tenbury Wells (2,500)
  • Herefordshire: Burghill and Madley (4,000)
  • Shropshire: Cleobury Mortimer (1,700)
  • South West: total 55,000
  • Wiltshire (7,500): Pewsey, Alderbury, Idmiston, Limpley Stoke
  • Devon: Sutton Cross, Torrington, Wembury, Yealmpton, Ipplepen
  • Dorset: Portland, Marnhull, Gillingham
  • Somerset: Lulsgate, Bleadon, Marston Magna
  • Cornwall: Padstow, Porthtowan, St Columb, Mullion, Dobwalls
  • Gloucestershire: Whitecroft, Newent
  • Bristol: Westbury-on-Trym
  • Scotland: total 80,000
  • Aberdeenshire: Banff, Laurencekirk, Mintlaw
  • Angus: Brechin
  • Argyll and Bute: Rhu New
  • City of Edinburgh: South Queensferry
  • Clackmannanshir: Alva, Tillicoultry
  • Dumfries and Galloway: Lockerbie, Newbridge
  • East Dunbartonshire: Lennoxtown
  • Fife: Kinghorn
  • Highland: Alness, Dingwall, Invergordon, Tain, Thurso
  • North Ayrshire: Kilbirnie
  • Orkney Islands: Kirkwall
  • Scottish Borders: Duns, Hawick, Jedburgh, Lerwick
  • West Dunbartonshire: Dumbarton

Exwavia puts the broadband power into 30,000 Powys places

Welsh wireless broadband provider eXwavia is switching on up-to-100Mbps connections across Powys.

The services will go live by the end of January 2013, and will reach more than 27,000 households and 3,000 businesses.

Annette Burgess, managing director of Welshpool-based eXwavia, said: “Broadband is at the heart of our daily lives both at home and in our businesses. Great broadband is a utility that we should all have access to.”

EXwavia’s home broadband plans start from £20/month for 4Mbps each way, to £42/month for 16Mbps, while businesses can get up to 100Mbps each way. Residents and businesses can also benefit from the Welsh Government’s Broadband Support Scheme.

Digital Region digs on in South Yorks

South Yorkshire’s regional superfast broadband network Digital Region has had another steady week putting FTTC in northern streets.

Digital Region has more than 40 ISPs which can provide consumer and business phone and broadband, as well as pay-TV. Check below to see if your postcode is connected:

  • Barnsley: S75 3AR, S75 3AT, S73 9AP, S73 9HQ
  • Doncaster: DN7 4HA
  • Sheffield: S20 7NU, S20 7LZ, S10 2FE, S10 2FP,
  • Rotherham: S60 5JS, S60 5JZ, S60 3BX, S60 3DF, S60 3DZ, S60 3BY, S60 3BZ, S60 3DD

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